Media & Entertainment

Comcast

Why Comcast Needs Sony and Vise Versa

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By Lydia Loizides, Emmy Advanced Media Vice Chair – Research   Imagine if you will capex of $200 million for every 5 million cable subscribers every two years.  Internalize that hard-disc storage, while inexpensive to purchase is expensive to deploy and maintain.  Think about this statement, “DVR is a training ground for an head-end driven, […]

Netflix

Netflix Must Solve a Problem

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According to Yahoo News:   Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, today announced that it has surpassed three million subscribers, as U.S. consumers continue to respond enthusiastically to the company’s offering. Netflix entered 2005 with 2.6 million members. Since introducing online subscription DVD rental in 1999, the company has generated annual subscriber growth […]

Disney

Disney does Sony in UMD

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The home video arm of the Walt Disney Co. announced it would release movies in the newly-developed UMD format for Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Portable handheld video game and media device.   Buena Vista Home Entertainment said it would release five movies this spring: “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse […]

Xbox 360

Coming soon to an Xbox near you … HDVG

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As reported by Ben Berkowitz: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp.on Wednesday gave some of the first key details on the next generation of its Xbox video game system, which will include an emphasis on high-definition content, an integrated media browser and “microtransactions” for in-game purchases.   In a speech at the Game Developers Conference […]

Halo 2

Halo Goes To Hollywood – Microsoft Style

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This article by Seattle Times technology writer, Kim Peterson, tells you some of the facts about Halo 2 and Microsoft’s unusual plans to make it into a movie.  This is an interesting twist on the concept of line extension.  Most video games that have tried to cross over into linear story telling have enjoyed less […]